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President’s Message January

Hi everybody!
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready to get back into the swing of things. We start our year at the club with our January meeting, Thursday the 14th, at 7:30pm. We will begin our meeting with an early bird members draw and proceed with our yearly executive elections. Our speaker for the evening will be Al Ridley of the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society. Al will be presenting the wonderful world of barbs, and I’m sure he will be showing us some stunning photos!

Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, March 19th! We will be at the Waterdown Legion for our annual Spring Show and Auction. Come out and see what everyones been working on while avoiding the outdoors! Bring some fish to show off and maybe win some cash for the auction. As always there will be draws, donations and possibly even a chili dog or two.

See you soon,
Karen

By | January 13th, 2016|Categories: President's Messages|

Presidents Message September

President’s message for September 2014

Hi everybody! It seems like summer has just arrived and a look at the calendar says it is well into to August now. Fall is almost here and September is just around the corner.
I hope everybody has enjoyed their summer projects and their fish are flourishing . I know it has been an eventful summer for many of our members in the community’ and it will be good to catch up with everybody soon.
With Fall comes the time for the local clubs to get together for meetings again ..It’s time to start preparing for meetings with some good speakers , auctions workshops ect ect .

As a reminder , Hamilton’s club’s meetings are open to all.. So if you have never been to a meeting please come for an interesting evening and meet some fellow fishy keepers. We meet at the Church of the Resurrection at 4325 Mohawk Road West near the corner of Garth and Mohawk in Hamilton the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm .

And to all who know when and where our meetings are it will be great to see you all again in a few weeks . See you all on Thursday September 11th.
Karen

By | September 9th, 2014|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message June

Hi everybody! It’s June already and the sunshine and warm weather is finally here. Pond season is moving into full swing. I hope everybody enjoyed Lisa’s presentation on ponds and water features at our meeting last month. It was a long hard winter for our ponds and Lisa gave some great ideas and advice on how to get them beautiful; again. Moore’s Water Gardens was generous and donated some beautiful flowering plants to our monthly auction. I hope those who bought some are enjoying them.

The May long weekend was CAOAC’s annual convention; it was hosted by the Durham club. The theme of the convention this year was preservation and conservation of fish habitats and species around the world at risk of extinction. There was a lot of information about some of the various organizations that hobbyists are involved with to help in different  projects. It was a good way to learn about what is going on while enjoying getting together with some old and new friends. I enjoyed myself at the event and naturally couldn’t resist bringing home something new for my tanks.

What is our club doing in June?  Sadly it will be our last meeting before our summer break and everybody heads off to the cottage for the summer. We will be getting back together the second Thursday in September. Don’t forget that this month we are having our Jar Show as well as a speaker at our meeting (the second Thursday of the month). Our speaker for June will be Al Ridley presenting on West African Cichlids. I have kept several of them over the years and they can be really interesting fish to keep. Happy summer everybody!! See you at the meeting, Karen.

By | June 5th, 2014|Categories: President's Messages|

Presidents Message – October 2013

Presidents Message

Hi Everyone!

Its another beautiful day as I’m putting this message together. Oct 1 and its sunny and warm. I look at the yard with the pool closed up and the leaves starting to fall around my ponds and wonder what happened to the summer. Our fall auction was a really great success. Thanks goes out to everyone that came out and helped. We can’t do it without you. The day ran smoothly and it was really nice to see so many hobbiests together. Thanks goes out to Klaus Steinhaus for his presentation in September on C.A.R.E.S. I hope you will all remember to give your information to Karen R so we can become more active in this program. After all, isn’t that part of why we raise fish? Our speaker for October is Frank Aquirre on aquarium beautiful. I’m sure it will be a really nice presentation as I’ve seen some of his pictures on facebook. If your not a member of our facebook group – look the club up. Our November speaker is Tom Mason on Crabs and Shrimps. This will be another amazing program. December is the Christmas Party and Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive. Mark Denaro is our feature dinner speaker on Saturday, November 16 at the Waterdown Legion. He will be presenting 2 talks – Annibantits and Salt Water. The cost for this evening out includes a fabulous dinner and even includes desert all for only $25. The first presentation will begin at approximately 6pm. Let me know if you would like tickets.

Hope to see you all at the meeting.

Carla

By | October 8th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – September 2013

Hi everyone!

Hope you’re having a great summer. I’m just on holidays this week so I can hopefully enjoy a warm and sunny week. My ponds have done really well this summer. I got a beautiful lotus and it had 7 blooms. I was so impressed but Bentley our dog ate 2 blooms. He loves flowers. (Yummy)

I hate to say it but fall is just around the corner. With that comes fall auctions. Our fall auction is on Saturday September 21 at the Waterdown Legion. We encourage you to come out and support your club by lending a hand. Auctions are a lot of work if we don’t have volunteers throughout the day. Please let me know if you can help.

On Saturday November 16 the club will be featuring Mark Denaro as the dinner speaker at the Waterdown Legion. It’s a great buffet dinner along with a before and after dinner presentation. Tickets are $25. Please let me or a member of the executive know if you would like tickets.

Our Thursday September 12 speaker is Klaus Steinhaus presenting on “C.A.R.E.S.“. Klaus is a fantastic speaker and truly is passionate about “C.A.R.E.S.” and fish preservation. I hope you can join us.

I hope to see you at the meeting. Until then enjoy the rest that summer has to offer.

Carla

By | September 3rd, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – June 2013

Hi Everyone!

What a beautiful day! I finally got my ponds opened this week. I thought it would never happen. Now if I can just get a few days off I can clean up the yard and gardens. I’d like to thank the Home Show team (Albert, Charlie, Frank and Jessica) on a fantastic job getting everything set up and presenting a great program. I need to thank all of you for allowing the team into your homes. The trip to Moores Water Gardens in Port Stanley is still a go for Sunday June 2. We will be driving out making a few stops on the way back. I believe it’s called a Shop Hop. I’m in the process of planning the day. Sure hope you can join in. More info at the meeting. Our presentation in May is on importing and Canadian regulations and how they apply to us fish hobbyists. June is Pond month. It’s not to late to send me pictures.

See you there!

Carla

By | June 26th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’t Message – May 2013

Hi Everyone!

What a beautiful day! I finally got my ponds opened this week. I thought it would never happen. Now if I can just get a few days off I can clean up the yard and gardens. I’d like to thank the Home Show team (Albert, Charlie, Frank and Jessica) on a fantastic job getting everything set up and presenting a great program. I need to thank all of you for allowing the team into your homes. The trip to Moores Water Gardens in Port Stanley is still a go for Sunday June 2. We will be driving out making a few stops on the way back. I believe it’s called a Shop Hop. I’m in the process of planning the day. Sure hope you can join in. More info at the meeting. Our presentation in May is on importing and Canadian regulations and how they apply to us fish hobbyists. June is Pond month. It’s not to late to send me pictures.

See you there!

Carla

By | May 9th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – April 2013

 Hi Everyone!

I’m not sure that it will ever stop with the snow. Again this afternoon snow flakes. It’s time to let the sun shine and have birds, squirrels, rabbits and little fish have some fun. I’m still looking for pond pictures for my June presentation. A great big thank you to all of you that helped with the Spring Auction and Show. There were over 160 entries in the show. Fantastic. Many members of our club helped with the auction. many members from neighbouring clubs helped as well. We can’t do it without you. Thank you to John Rampu for your presentation on Peru. Very nice! Our presentation this’d nth is the Home Show. This is always a great presentation. We get a chance to visit with our members and see what they have done with their tanks. I’m always envious of how beautiful the ranks look. I wish my plants would grow like some of yours.

Hope to see you all at the meeting!

Carla

By | April 11th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

March Presentation

Collecting in Peru

John has been in the Aquarium Hobby for over 45 years , He is a member of several Aquarium clubs and has been a founding member of The Canadian Killifish Association, A senior Judge in the American Killifish Association and currently the Organizer of SOKS, Southern Ontario Killifish Association..

John currently keeps killies and Lake Tanganyika Cichlids and several strains of Peacock Cichlids with numerous wild type livebearers. Currently he has 38 tanks in his fishroom.

John’s main interest has always been South and Central American fish, He has collected fish in Peru and Uruguay, on two different trips. I have a program on both these trips which cover a wide subject matter since many fish can be found in these countries.

My talks consists of Collecting in Peru, the country, the Fish and the culture.

Thanks

John

By | March 5th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – March 2013

Hi Everyone

I sure hope spring is around the corner. What I do know is that there are many spring auctions approaching quickly. Our spring auction and show is on Saturday March 23 at the Waterdown Legion. Please bring your fish to Show. It’s only $2 per entry and after you enter 10 items its only $1. It’s a money show so you could win $. The more entries, the more $ for you. As always we are looking for help with the auction. It takes many helping hands to make an auction work. Come help support your club. Prizes to be won for volunteers. I’d like to thank Adrian Haigh for his presentation on the ball pythons. It was very informative. I loved all the different variations. Our presenter for March is John Van Rompu. He will speaking to us about his recent collecting trip in Peru. April is the ever popular Home Show. Is your tank ready? I can still use any pond pictures you have for my presentation in June. Don’t delay! Send them to me today. Just a reminder to join us on Facebook. Also the website and forum are available to all. The forum is a great place to gain or supply knowledge. I hope to see you at the meeting on March 14.

Carla

By | March 5th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|